The clothing industry has a huge impact on the world at large, and many designers are beginning to use organic and sustainable materials along with responsible production techniques to reduce their environmental impact on the earth.
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment because it eliminates the use of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers. Conventionally grown cotton uses approximately 25% of the world’s insecticides and more than 10% of the world’s pesticides. When these chemicals are used, they soak into the soil, into the groundwater and into people’s bodies. Many of the chemicals identified have been linked to infertility, birth defects, and cancers in children and adults.
Sustainable materials such as bamboo and hemp are naturally renewable. Bamboo needs minimal water and absorbs five times more greenhouse gases than trees. Hemp actually replenishes the soil it is grown in, leaving it richer in essential nutrients than before it was planted.